8 July 2013
Press Release
DC/3440
L/T/4430

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Kuwait Joins Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons


NEW YORK, 8 July (Office for Disarmament Affairs) — Kuwait deposited on 3 July its instrument of accession to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), and to the following Protocols of that treaty:  Protocol I on non-detectable fragments; Amended Protocol II on the use of mines, booby-traps and other devices; Protocol III on the use of incendiary weapons; Protocol IV on blinding laser weapons; and Protocol V on explosive remnants of war.


As a State that has suffered contamination by explosive remnants of war and landmines during the 1990-1991 Gulf War and that has carried out extensive clearance programmes, Kuwait’s experiences in overcoming such challenges will be invaluable to the work of the CCW and its Protocols.


In welcoming Kuwait’s accession to the CCW, Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel ( France), Chairperson-designate of this year’s CCW Meeting of High Contracting Parties, stated:  “By joining the CCW, Kuwait has contributed to the strengthening of international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians from the worst effects of conventional weapons.”


For further information or media inquiries, please contact Hine-Wai Loose, Political Affairs Officer, CCW Implementation Support Unit, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Palais des Nations, Geneva, tel.:  +41 22 917 1203, e-mail:  hloose@unog.ch.


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